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Lone Star GOP Clown Show

I don’t know about you folks, but Commentary thinks the Texas GOP is a freaking clown show.

A few weeks ago, Gov. Greg Abbott extended Early Voting in Person for six days because he realized he botched the handling of the pandemic and so now he’s trying to minimize the damage.

Now he’s being sued by the Texas GOP Chair, a few GOP state legislators and other right wing nut jobs for extending the Early Voting in Person period. Huh?

The woman who forced him to reopen early – you remember, Shelley Luther, the salon owner – is now running for State Senate, District 30 in the Special Election. She was thrown in jail for reopening too soon and Governor Abbott gave her a get out of jail card and this is what she said about him the other day:

“Our tyrant governor has embarrassed us completely.”

She is certainly making Abbott look like a chump.

He’s not a tyrant.  I certainly won’t defend him on the embarrassed us completely stuff.  I mean, the whole Texas GOP is an embarrassment.

The Empower Texas funder loaned Luther a cool million for her campaign.  She has already spent over a half a million on the works – TV, digital, mail – you name it. 

The Austin lobby and all the trade association folks are supporting GOP Rep. Drew Springer in the SD 30 Special.

Some lobbyist tweeted a day or so ago that Luther was a salon owner and how in the heck would she repay the million.

I know zilch about North Texas politics.  I have no idea if she has a shot at this.  Crazier things have happened. If she does win, she will become a state senator.  Paying off the loan won’t be a problem.  It may take a few years, but it will be no problem.

That’s your Texas GOP, folks.

Commentary is not getting freaked out about Election 2020, mail ballots, long lines, voting during COVID-19, the transfer of power, delays in counting and the USPS.  I still have full confidence in the folks who are conducting our elections nationwide.  They are making the necessary adjustments.

It is pretty obvious that Donald Trump is trying to get folks into doubting the outcome if he loses.  Let’s not forget.  He’s a blowhard cowardly punk.  Remember that.

It will all work out.

Breonna Taylor didn’t get justice yesterday.  That’s why folks are protesting. Don’t argue with me, stupid.

We still haven’t clinched a playoff spot.  Sigh.

We are at Globe Life to finish off the regular season.

Greatest Albums

This is a former state legislator admitting he is a dumbarse and that’s why he won’t be elected.  From the Chron:

Former Texas state Rep. Mike Schofield felt so confident in 2018 that the voters in his northwest Houston suburban district would give him a third term that he left about $140,000 unspent in his campaign account and dedicated much of his time to helping other Republican candidates.

He ended up losing the House District 132 seat to Democrat Gina Calanni by 113 votes in a race that he says he never anticipated to be so close.

Now Schofield is up for a rematch with Rep. Calanni. This time, he says, he and other Republicans are ready.

“I spent a good chunk of September and October last time trying to get the judges re-elected,” Schofield told the Houston Chronicle editorial board as he launched his campaign earlier this year. “The first lesson I learned was what they tell you when you get on the plane: put on your own oxygen mask first. So, I will have a Schofield-centric campaign and we will work to get everybody else across the finish line after we get there.”

What a dumbarse for sure.  How do you not campaign for yourself first? Lazy if you ask me. Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Democrats-take-aim-at-Houston-suburbs-in-bid-for-15588206.php?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=twitter.com.

Royko sent me this yesterday after my take on high voter turnout:

Don’t make the mistake that all Blacks and all Latino voters will vote for the Harris-Biden/Bernie-Antifa-AOC Socialist ticket.

There are huge defections of once loyal Black and Latino voters who have boarded the “Trump Train.”

Ok.

Rolling Stone updated their “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” recently.

Here are the ones that Commentary purchased in vinyl, 8-track, cassette, or CD over the years:

#466 Beach Boys, “Today”

#450 Paul McCartney, “Ram”

#445 Yes, “Close to the Edge”

#425 Paul Simon, “Paul Simon”

#423 Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Cosmos Factory”

#394 Diana Ross, “Diana”

#368 George Harrison, “All Things Must Pass”

#345 Bruce Springsteen, “The Wild, the Innocents and the E Street Shuffle”

#342 The Beatles, “Let It Be”

#334 Santana, “Abraxas”

#281 Harry Nilsson, “Nilsson Schmilsson”

#266 The Beatles, “Help!”

#263 The Beatles, “Hard Day’s Night”

#259 Janis Joplin, “Pearl”

#256 Tracy Chapman, “Tracy Chapman”

#251 Elton John, “Honky Château”

#237 Willie Nelson, “Red Headed Stranger”

#226 Derek and the Dominos, “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs”

#223 John Lennon, “Imagine”

#220 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, “Déjà Vu”

#205 Cat Stevens, “Tea for the Tillerman”

#197 The Beatles, “Meet the Beatles!”

#194 Michael Jackson, “Bad”

#193 Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Willy and the Poor Boys”

#190 The Who, “Tommy”

#182 James Taylor, “Sweet Baby James”

#172 Simon and Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

#170 Cream, “Disraeli Gears”

#168 Steely Dan, “Can’t Buy a Thrill”

#163 Various Artists, “Saturday Night Fever”

#161 Crosby, Stills & Nash, “Crosby, Stills & Nash”

#112 Elton John, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

#105 The Allman Brothers, “At Fillmore East”

#86 The Doors, “The Doors”

#85 John Lennon, “Plastic Ono Band”

#76 Curtis Mayfield, “Superfly”

#72 Neil Young, “Harvest”

#59 Stevie Wonder, “Talking Book”

#55 Pink Floyd, “The Dark Side of the Moon”

#46 Paul Simon, “Graceland”

#41 The Rolling Stones, “Let It Bleed”

#35 The Beatles, “Rubber Soul”

#30 Jimi Hendrix, “Are You Experienced”

#29 The Beatles, “White Album”

#25 Carole King, “Tapestry”

#24 The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

#21 Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”

#14 The Rolling Stones, “Exile on Main Street”

#12 Michael Jackson, “Thriller”

#11 The Beatles, “Revolver”

#5 The Beatles, “Abbey Road”

#3 Joni Mitchell, “Blue”

#2 The Beach Boys, “Pet Sounds”

#1 Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”

Now you know me.  54 out of 500.  That’s pretty good, don’t you think? 

Those that I have seen live are Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King, the Rolling Stones, CCR, Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys.

I have around here a couple of boxes with some 8-tracks, beta and VHS tapes.

I also have some cassettes and shelves of vinyl and CDs.

I still have most of them.

The Astros won last night.  We need just one win to clinch a playoff spot.

42 Days

You know it is going to be one of those days when “Today” was replaced by the local news.

As Paul Simon says:

I get the news I need on the weather report
I can gather all the news I need on the weather report.

Looks like parts of the H-Town area will flood. Again.

Stay safe.

42 days until Election Day.

Early Voting in Person starts in three weeks.

My mail ballot should be arriving any day now.

The first presidential debate is a week from tonight.

The Chron E-Board endorsed State Rep. Sarah Davis today.

A couple of years ago, I was a panelist discussing the 2018 election.  A GOP consultant I respect mentioned then GOP candidate Dan Crenshaw and referred to him as a “rock star.” He won his election then gained notoriety when he went on “SNL.”  I actually thought the fella might have the potential to be something special. Nope.  He is just a typical GOP clown these days.  Just go look at today’s Chron.  What a clown.

Don’t believe the BS that the Supreme Court vacancy fight is going to rile up Donald Trump supporters.  Everyone is already riled up.  Turnout is going to be up on both sides.  The difference between 2016 and 2020 is that a lot of our voters aren’t staying home like they did in 2016. 

Mitch McConnell and the GOP senators are going to fill the vacancy because they know they are fixing to lose control of the U.S. Senate.  They don’t have a choice but to move forward.  They have to get something on their way out of the door.

Like Commentary said yesterday, a Democratic rout is definitely in the cards.   There is more energy out there for us than there was in 2018.

Larry Dierker is 74 today.    Dierker made his pitching debut on this day, his 18th birthday, in 1964 at Colt Stadium against the Giants.  There were three future Hall of Famers in that game.  Joe Morgan with the Colt 45s and Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda with the Giants.  Dierker struck out Mays and Cepeda went yard on him.  Happy Birthday, Wrangler!

Carlos Correa is celebrating his 26th birthday today.  Happy Birthday, Carlos!

I said yesterday that we were in good shape for the AL sixth seed for the playoffs.  It is not a sure thing though.

We lost last night.

200,000 Dead

My best friend growing up left us this past weekend.  I am talking about Vic Gonzalez. Victor.  He died of a heart attack.

We went to junior high and high school together.  He was a grade behind me and a month younger than me.  His parents were my parents’ comadre and compadre.  My parents were godparents to one of his sisters.  Vic’s Dad was also in my parents’ wedding.

Vic had just called me about a month and a half ago to let me know that he and his lovely Karol were moving from Bastrop to Oregon.  They moved there a few days later.

Since I left Austin back in the late ‘80s, I didn’t see Vic that often.  Maybe at the State Capitol on business, or at funerals.

It is difficult to process this in these days.  We spent so much time together growing up in Baytown.  I remember when we were out of high school, Vic let his hair grow long and he wore wire rim glasses.  He looked just like the photo of John Lennon from the White Album poster.

He was a great guy. Very sad news.

Congratulations, GOP.  We have reached 200,000 dead due to the pi_s poor way your leadership has handled the response to the pandemic. 

Commentary was doing a chore here at my place Friday during the 6 pm hour and I stepped away from earshot of the flatscreen for around 15 minutes and when I returned, I saw the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had left us. I probably stood in silence for around half an hour watching.  They were already talking about the fight over her successor.

That’s how it goes.  When an elected official I knew died in an accident years ago, within a couple of hours we were already talking about successors.  Heck, there was one time when folks were talking about successors when an elected official I knew was on his deathbed.

I reminded a text group I was on Friday night that RBG had dictated a statement last week to her granddaughter that said she wished that her replacement would be picked by the winner of the election.

The GOP has changed their tune and is moving toward picking a successor this year. They do and it pretty much guarantees a Democratic rout up and down the ballot across the country.

43 days until Election Day.

The headline in the Star Section of today’s Chron hard copy:

‘Schitt’s happens

Cute.

I watched the Emmy Awards last night and I have no idea what most of the shows are all about.

#SpringerDinger’s second #SpringerDinger of the game yesterday was dinger #2,000 for Astros player since The Yard opened in 2000. Got it?  Ok, since you asked, Big Puma leads all Astros with 157 dingers at The Yard with Jeff Bagwell at number 2 with 108.

We are 27-26 and in good shape to grab the AL sixth seed in the playoffs. That means we are done with playing any more games at The Yard in 2020.  We could be on the road until the end of October. Yikes!

We are in Seattle for 3 then finish off the regular season with 4 at Globe Life at the end of this week.

MLB will return to H-Town on October 6 as The Yard will host a NLDS.  I wonder if the participating teams will be allowed to bring their cutouts.  It would be kind of weird to see teams like The ATL and the Cubbies play with George and Barbara Bush watching.

Telling the Truth

Jimi Hendrix died 50 years ago today. He was only 27.

Yesterday morning, I had never heard of Olivia Troye. It turns out she was Mike Pence’s lead staffer on the Corona Task Force through the end of July.   She appeared in a video that was released yesterday where she slammed Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic.  As usual, the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue dismissed her as a disgruntled former employee even though the video showed her sitting behind Pence at the Task Force meetings. We all know she is telling the truth.  She is a lifelong Republican. Why would she make it up?

This is different from four years ago.  Folks are now seeing Trump is not up for the job.  He will hold on to his base and the GOP elected officials who just want to hold on to controlling things.  Does Troye move the needle in former Vice President Joe Biden’s direction.  Hardly.  It just makes it harder for those few undecided voters to go over to the Trump side.

I am sure there will be more Troyes in the coming days. 

Last night we saw Joe Biden answer questions at a townhall event.  We saw Trump throw everything he could at Biden.   That’s all Trump can do.

The pandemic is driving this election and that’s not good for the GOP in 2020.

Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott said yesterday that restaurants, retail and gyms can go to 75% capacity.  Still too risky for Commentary.  No, thanks.

On an entirely different note, the Houston Botanic Garden is finally opening at the old Glenbrook Golf Course.  Remember when they were considering Gus Wortham Golf Course for the Garden.  The East End community pushed back big time and they went and got the Glenbrook location.  The golf course wasn’t living up to its potential.

The Garden isn’t free like going to a park.  $12.50 to $15 for adults. $8 to $10 for kids and students.

Election Day is in 46 days and the Chron E-Board started rolling out their endorsements yesterday.

We have ten games left in the baseball season and are holding down the number 6 seed in the playoff hunt.  Our last homie is this weekend as we host the D-Backs.

Dangerous

“If you take the blue states out.”

That is as wacked as you can get. A piece of sh_t thing to say.  Sorry.  You can’t defend this.

Nor the following from Politico:

Attorney General William Barr argued Wednesday that coronavirus-related lockdown orders were surpassed only by slavery as the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” in the nation’s history.

The remarks from the attorney general came during an event hosted by Hillsdale College where Barr delivered a speech defending his intervention in Justice Department cases and comparing career prosecutors to preschoolers.

“Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” Barr said during a question-and-answer session following his remarks.

Here is the entire article: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/17/william-barr-coronavirus-lockdowns-slavery-416776.

I am sorry.  Being cooped up in my place with a flat screen, plenty of Saint Arnold and ice cream, ain’t slavery.

I saw this tweet about a story in the Washington Post:

WP: In April, HHS planned to send a pack of five reusable masks to every residential US address. They even got USPS to draft a news release. Then the White House canceled the plan, fearing that it would cause a panic. How many people might still be alive?

Dangerous. Dangerous. Lives were lost.

These guys are downright dangerous.

47 days.  Make sure all your friends and family have a plan to vote.

Here is from a story on the front page of today’s Chron:

Mayor Sylvester Turner appears unlikely to renegotiate a contract with Houston police officers, a setback to advocates who saw negotiations as a means to reform the Houston Police Department and make bargaining meetings available for public viewing.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/crime/article/No-Houston-police-contract-talks-planned-dimming-15571269.php.

I don’t see this as a setback. For those that are at the forefront of pushing for reform, just keep up the pressure. Good luck.

Yesterday, on the 16th of September, for lunch I made fajitas and guac and had them with Kroger store made flour tortillas and Siete Lime chips.  Nice.

I got my flu shot yesterday.

I hope the U.S. Open turns out to be interesting.  I will have it on.

I don’t want to say anything about last night’s game.

Tonight’s game starts at 6 pm.

¡Viva Mexico!

It’s Mexico’s Independence Day.

Yes, I am a proud Mexican American.

This year we didn’t have the Fiestas Patrias Parade. Oh, well.

I will probably check out some Pandora YouTubes this evening while watching the Astros.

We have 48 days until Election Day 2020 and Erica Grieder has a column today on the Texas AG’s race in 2022.   Former Galveston mayor Joe Jaworski is running.  Here is the column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/grieder/article/Texas-AG-s-race-has-already-begun-15570145.php.

Donald Trump is going after former Vice President Joe Biden on his cognitive skills by referring to him as Sleepy Joe or Slow Joe.  Last night Trump said something about herd mentality – huh?  It is herd immunity. He said he upplayed the virus not downplayed – upplayed doesn’t exist in the dictionary.  He also went after Biden for not implementing the mask mandate – huh?  In all fairness, Biden is the leader of the Democratic Party and all the Dems I know wear a mask.

The first debate is in 13 days.

Jim Cramer is an idiot.  We can all agree on that.

Harris County Commissioners Court keeps doing its thing.  Check this out on Harris County toll road revenue: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-may-create-corporation-to-free-up-15569039.php.

Infielder Hector Torres played for the Astros for four years in the late ‘60s and early 70s.  He was born on this day 75 years ago In Monterrey, Mexico.  ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

MLB came out with its playoff schedule and locations.  As long as the games are on TV, it doesn’t matter much to me.  We still don’t get to go to the games.  Just so you know, an NLDS series will be held at The Yard.  Maybe the whiny Dodgers will get to play here. That would be funny.

We got a scare last night when Carlos Correa went down.  Now it looks like he is day to day.  

We won last night.

United States Postal Service

Commentary said this yesterday:

We are up against a GOP that is going all out to destroy our nation’s postal service and suppress our vote.

This is how Royko responded:

Calling BULLCHIPS on that statement. It is a bald-faced lie.

The USPS is self-funding, so they can raise the price of postage to any amount they want.

It is the poor service, and union legacy costs that have crippled the USPS.

Up until the last few years, due to Trump’s influence, they are now actually able to track the mail close to what UPS and FedEx have had for decades.

Do you really think the majority of the public believes the USPS gives a rat’s keister if the mail is delivered in a timely manner?

Supposedly, that’s why all the government assistance is now electronic, so the poor folks and seniors don’t have to rely on the post office anymore.

No properly register voter, with proper ID, has been denied the ability to go to a polling location to cast their vote by any Republican.

United States Postal Service.  Service.

I don’t think some folks have gotten the memo on the GOP’s effort to suppress the vote.  Either that or they have never heard of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court or AG Ken Paxton.   We are in the worse pandemic in a century.  Why can’t we all vote by mail?

Oh, well.

I don’t know why, but about a month or so ago I started receiving the Trump emails.  They must have me mixed up with someone else because they don’t address me by my real first name. The emails are just as vile as the crap that spews out of his worthless pie hole.

The local Democratic Party emails me stuff and addresses me as Kent.

Albert Pujols had a dinger on Sunday that now has him tied for fifth in career dingers with Willie Mays at 660.  Wow!

Just do you know, Barry Bonds is number 1 with 762, followed by Hank Aaron at 755, Babe Ruth with 714, and A-Rod with 696.

60 of Pujols’ dingers have come at the expense of Astros pitchers – tops in MLB. 31 at The Yard, outside of his home cribs in San Luis and Anaheim – also tops in MLB.

38 of Mays’ dingers have come at the expense of H-Town pitching.  11 at the Dome and 8 at Colt Stadium.

To put it in perspective, Pujols has played in 292 games against the Astros.  Mays played in 185 games against the Astros/Colt 45s.

Now you know.

The Rangers visit The Yard this evening.

50 Days

Election Day is in 50 days.  Mail ballots will be sent out here in Harris County at the end of this week.  Early Voting in Person begins 4 weeks from tomorrow.

Let’s stay focused, fellow Democrats.  We are up against a GOP that is going all out to destroy our nation’s postal service and suppress our vote.

Danuel House, Jr. is a Rocket most folks had never heard of.  We do now.  He violated the rules of the NBA bubble by having an unauthorized guest in his room for a few hours and was booted out of the playoffs. 

I wish we had rules like that outside of the bubble in the real world.   Commentary has said before that I am careful when I have to go out.  One slip up and I could be a goner.  It gets old, but I have no other choice.

The GOP just doesn’t give a darn about your life or mine because they are Ok with Donald Trump’s rallies without social distancing and face masks.  The GOP doesn’t give a rat’s arse about Trump not being straight with the rest of us on the severity of COVID-19 early on.  Next time they try to lecture you on the sanctity of life, tell them in no uncertain terms to go fu_k themselves.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said this past Friday that we are going to be dealing with this until mid-next year at the earliest.  Thank you, GOP.  You should be getting my thank you card no later than November 3.

A Harris County State District Judge is Ok with the Harris County Clerk sending out vote-by-mail applications to all registered voters. 

Kuffer has a copy of the County’s application here: http://www.offthekuff.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/MailBallotApplication.png.

I don’t like the County’s application.  If I was under 65, I probably wouldn’t be convinced to use the disability excuse.

The application that we put together had this language from the Texas Secretary of State’s Election Advisory from last April:

One of the grounds for voting by mail is disability. The Election Code defines “disability” to include “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.” (Sec. 82.002). Voters who meet this definition and wish to vote a ballot by mail must submit an application for ballot by mail.

Then we added the following language to our application:

These ballots make it easy to cast a vote from the convenience of your own home and avoid going to a voting location. Make sure your voice is heard.

VOTE BY MAIL: The Safe and Easy Way to Vote.

SIGN AND RETURN YOUR APPLICATION TODAY! For assistance please call (713) ***-****

3 SIMPLE STEPS

1. Check the disability box.

2. Sign your name on the signature line.

3. Tear off the application, stamp and mail it. TODAY!

The Secretary of State was “fine” with our language.

The Secretary of State is opposing the County’s attempt to send out the application.

I saw this tweet over the weekend:

Some lady in Publix just told me I should be ashamed of myself for wearing this and disrespecting the President so I told her she should be ashamed of herself for calling him a President. She didn’t like that.

She was wearing a face mask that said “Fu_k Trump.”

Way to go!

Let’s talk MLB playoffs.  This is from MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince:

How many teams will reach the postseason?

Sixteen — eight from the American League, eight from the National League.

How many rounds will be played?

As has been the case since 2012, there will be four rounds. But instead of a round featuring a sudden-death Wild Card Game with the division winners resting, the format will be as follows:

Wild Card Series (best-of-three, with all games at the higher seed’s home ballpark): No. 1 seed vs. No. 8; No. 2 vs. No. 7; No. 3 vs. No. 6; No. 4 vs. No. 5.

Division Series (best-of-five, with traditional 2-2-1 home/road format): Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5; Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6. Home-field advantage goes to the higher seed.

League Championship Series (best-of-seven, with traditional 2-3-2 home/road format): Winner of 1-4-5-8 vs. Winner of 2-3-6-7. Home-field advantage goes to the higher seed.

World Series (best-of-seven, with traditional 2-3-2 home/road format): AL champion vs. NL champion. Home-field advantage goes to the team with the superior regular-season record.

How will the teams be seeded?

The top three seeds (Nos. 1-3) in each league will go to the three division winners (East, Central, West) in order of record.

The next three seeds (Nos. 4-6) will go to the three teams that finish in second place in their division, in order of record.

The final two seeds (Nos. 7-8) will go to the two teams with the next best records, regardless of division and division standing. Because the first- and second-place teams in each division automatically advance to October, the 7 and 8 seeds are the actual “Wild Card teams.”

What if there’s a tie (for a division championship or other postseason spot) at the conclusion of the regular season?

All ties will be resolved mathematically. No additional games will be played to break any ties. With an expanded postseason field, there is less incentive to play additional games, and this method allows for an expedited schedule that doesn’t push the World Series into November.

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head record (if applicable). If that’s also a tie, the next tiebreaker is intra-division record. If that’s still a tie, the next is record in the final 20 division games (plus one until the tie is broken).

So the Division Series could technically feature zero division winners?

Correct. Every team has to fight its way to that second round.

Will this postseason structure be used in future years?

This format is only in effect for 2020. As with all things related to the pandemic, there is always a chance of scheduling and other changes in 2021. But any temporary or permanent changes to postseason structure must be collectively bargained. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after 2021.

When does the postseason begin?

The best-of-three Wild Card Series will run from Tuesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 2. The entire postseason schedule will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Who will broadcast the expanded Wild Card round?

ESPN will televise seven of the eight series. TBS will carry the other.

There is now discussion about going to a bubble format in terms of where the playoff games are played.  I saw this from Channel 13 News:

Under the plan, the World Series would start Oct. 20 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and would end no later than Oct. 28.

It would culminate a month of playoff games that begins with the top four seeds in each league hosting all the games in a best-of-three wild-card series. The four American League series would run Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and the National League would play Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

The highest remaining seed in the NL would play its division series in Arlington, while the next-highest seed would face its opponent at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The top seed from the AL would be the home team at San Diego’s Petco Park, while the other series would be held at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium. The AL Championship Series would take place in San Diego and the NLCS in Arlington, giving the NL’s top seed — likely the Los Angeles Dodgers — a path to a stationary October.

Concerns from Dodgers players, which were first reported by The Athletic, underscore the chasm between the sides. Because MLB players have spent the season outside of a bubble — and, in many cases, around their families — the desire of some players to continue operating without the restrictions of a bubble are being voiced by the union, sources said.

Got it?

Former MLBer Turk Farrell pitched 14 seasons in the bigs including a few years with the Colt 45s and Astros.  He was an original member of the H-Town franchise.  He represented H-Town at the All Star Game three different seasons.  He died in 1977 in a car accident.  The Athletic ran a story this past week that said Farrell was the biological father of former MLBer Richard Dotson who played for the White Sox for most of his 12-year career.  Farrell and Dotson never met.

Their cutouts were next to each other at this past Friday night’s game at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

The Rockets are done.

That was as lousy a roadie as you could have.  We have 13 games remaining.  6 at The Yard and the final 7 on the road.  No game today.

September 11

It was 19 years ago today.  Remember.

The Chron E-Board has a take today on September 11 and COVID-19.  It has to do with how September 11 changed our lives as is or will COVID-19.  Check out the E-Board take if you can.

Fans at Arrowhead last night booed when players for Kansas City and the Texans had their moment of unity and the booing is why players have their moment of unity. 

I didn’t even notice but we are now second in the country for most COVID-19 infections behind California.  If California and Texas were countries, we’d be holding down the number 8 spot in the world for infections.  Thanks, Gov. Greg Abbott.

Meanwhile, Gov. Abbott and his fellow Texas GOP bozos are pledging to take away a city’s annexation authority if they defund their police.  They mightily try to get folks to take their eyes off of their COVID-19 response.  Nice try, but it is not working.  Folks aren’t heading to the polls with defunding cops on their minds. These guys are a joke.

It looks like Robert E. Lee High in Baytown will remain Robert E. Lee High.  The school board there decided to keep the name on a 4-3 vote.  Oh, well.

The Rockets lost yesterday.

The Texans lost yesterday.

The Astros lost yesterday and have a rare off day for a Friday. At Dodger Stadium tomorrow and Sunday evenings we will be on national TV – Fox and ESPN.

Stay safe this weekend.